Fierce steps down as Vega Squadron coach to trial as IGL
Artem "Fierce" Ivanov has transitioned from the position of Vega Squadron's coach to an active playing role, beginning his trial as the team's new in-game leader.
The Russian, who had been standing behind the team since September 2017, will try out as the new in-game leader, taking over the role from Dmitriy "jR" Chervak, who will instead focus on "improving his sniping skills" going forward.
With their roster finalized, Vega Squadron are aiming to recover from disappointing results, such as at StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Chongqing, where they placed fifth-sixth following losses to MVP PK and TYLOO in the group stage.
"Our team didn’t just change the roster, we also witnessed the role swap here. We let jR improve his sniper skills and had to find a person to lead the team. From this day on it’s going to be Fierce and I hope that his experience as a coach will help Artem work together with his old mates and our newcomer, crush." Vega Squadron's manager, Alexander "Lk-" Lemeshev, said in a statement.
"The roster clearly understands that in order to improve their gameplay there’s a lot of work to be done and sacrifices to be made. I’m glad that every single player is eager to face such challenges because our fans deserve seeing the results of such work, be it high-skill performance or new titles."
Vega Squadron's roster is now the following: